Google took a swipeat media conglomerate Viacom, which is suing the Internet search leader and its video sharing site YouTube for $1 billion over "massive copyright infringement."
Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, speaking with reporters at a hotel bar at the 25th annual Allen Co. moguls meeting, said litigation was the foundation of the company that owns the MTV Networks, Paramount movies studio, and video game developer Harmonix.
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"Look who they hired as CEO, Philippe Dauman, who was the general counsel for Viacom for 20 years," he added.
uman新生儿发烧怎么办,alongtime advisor to Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, served as general counsel from 1993 to 1998 and served as deputy chairman from 1996 to 2000如何治感冒流鼻涕. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Dauman was a partner at law firm Shearman Sterling.
Viacom has demanded that YouTube take down hundreds of thousands of segments from Viacom's popular programs including "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report," and "South Park."
Viacom has said it sued Google because the companies failed to reach a distribution deal that adequately compensated Viacom for its content. A court hearing begins later this month.
hmidt, who said he had spoken with Mr. Dauman while at the conference, also said Google intended to fight the Viacom suit.
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Thailand also briefly blocked access to YouTube after finding a handful of videos uploaded by users that mocked the king, a serious offense in Thailand.
English soccer's Premier League also sued Google for copyright infringement in May.
hmidt alluded to Viacom's high-profile $2.4 billion antitrust suit against Time Warner in 1989. That suit claimed Time Warner's HBO pay cable movies service attempted to put Viacom's rival service Showtime out of business by intimidating cable operators and Hollywood studios to give preferential treatment to HBO.
The suit was ultimately settled out of court by 1992. As part of the settlement, Time Warner paid $75 million and agreed to purchase a cable system owned by Viacom for an above market price, as well as agreed to distribute Showtime more broadly on the Time Warner cable television system.
The two companies eventually agreed to merge their rival comedy cable networks to form Comedy Central, now home to popular shows hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Separately, hmidt said the surge in popularity of Internet social networks such as News Corp.'s MySpace and Facebook would ultimately be positive for Google.
Google, whose mainsource of revenue comes from selling advertising based on text keyword searches, relies on its catalog of documents from the Web, its so called index.
But sites such as Facebook, whose members and third-party companies have rapidly created new content for Facebook, prevent the indexing of their pages.
Schmidt said the closing off of social networks was a "transient" phase and that these companies will eventually see the value of open borders.
Google shares rose $4.67, or 1.2 percent, to $550.83 on the Nasdaq.